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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                     Feb. 24, 1995, V3, #38
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Hi-Tech Project with U.S. Planned by Israeli Concerns

An advanced camera for use in nuclear medicine, a solar energy device for gas turbines and improving fish breeds are the first three projects to be undertaken by the joint Israel-U.S. Hi-Tech Commission.

The joint investment in these projects totals $24-million over the next four years. In addition to both governments, companies on both sides involved in the projects will also contribute to the investment. General Electric and I.V. Products in the U.S. will be participants in the nuclear medicine project, together with the Israeli Nahal Soreq experimental reactor.

The biotechnological project for improving fish breeds will be joined by maritime companies in the U.S., the Israeli Institute for Maritime Research and the Biotechnological Center in Maryland.

Israeli Movie Success in Berlin.

The recent Israeli feature movie 'Sh'hur' was successfully shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, after being seen in Israel by more than 25,000 people in a little over a week. Arab movie and press personalities praised the film, produced by Hanna Azulay-Hasifri and Shmuel Hasifri, as did the director of the festival. A Moroccan distributor showed interest in screening the film, but later backed out because of political reasons.

Afforestation Plans Approved

For the first time in Israel's history, the National Council for Planning Afforestation has approved an overall master-plan for the country, which planning experts of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Ministry of the Interior and Land Administration assert will give legal protection to forests in Israel and create green belts around the country.

The plan embraces more than 1.5 million dunams [or 400,000 acres) of existing forests, new forests and large areas of coastal parkland. Much of the new afforestation will be in the Negev desert, since much of central Israel no longer has free areas for afforestation.

Israel to Resume Participation in Cairo International Fair

For the first time in nine years, Israel will participate in the Cairo International Fair during the second half of March. The last time an Israeli pavilion was set up there, in 1986, one of the Israeli Embassy employees was assassinated as he left the site. Some 30 Israeli companies dealing in agriculture, advanced technology, building and clothing will be exhibiting their products this year in Cairo. An Israeli diplomat said the importance is emphasized by the widening of trade relations with Egypt in recent months, with trade (excluding oil imports from Egypt) increasing threefold in 1994. About 2,000 companies from 30 countries will participate in the fair, expected to draw 1 million visitors.

U.S. Marines to Get Mini-Computer Monitors from Israel

U.S. Marines will soon be equipped with miniature moniters for computers made by the Israeli company Tadiran Communications and Systems. They can be operated with a pen or a keyboard and carried by hand or in a uniform pocket. The deal is worth approximately $1-million to the producing companies. Tadiran director Benny Meidan said the transaction is a breakthrough and allows Tadiran for the first time to sell its products directly to the U.S.Marine Corps.

Household Super-Computer On the Way in Israel

A computer with super power is being developed as a household instrument by a team headed by Prof. Amnon Barak of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He says it answers all the needs of research and development in the country, and cancels the need for the import of expensive super-computers or industrial computers. Difficulties have occurred trying to buy these in the U.S. The new instrument will deploy parallel capabilities, enabling it to simultaneously carry out assignments without any connection between them. Should the computer being developed actually answer all the country's needs, as its creators claim, it could become competitive with much more expensive instruments produced abroad.

Arabic Administrative Diary Computer Program

An electronic diary for Arab directors and administrators has been produced by an Israeli company, and is now being marketed in Israel and some Arab countries. It is called "Genius" and made by Top Technology. It includes an Arabic-English-French dictionary with 600,000 terms, a telephone directory, appointments listing, calculator, tourist communication device, world clock, and a program for computing values in different currencies and weights. A Swiss company is marketing it in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, North African countries and Gulf states.

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